THE THING IS, is a collection of charming and hilarious tales about all that went on before the author settled down with a wife and child. From a childhood where he cheated in chess tournaments and tough kids stole his SNES games, he grows into an adolescence characterised by attempts at punk rock stardom and an overwhelming desire to look cool in front of girls. Wanderlust takes him across the globe where there’s a spot of bother in Bolivia, Australia in a battered van, a police chase in the Greek mountains and a stint as a minor celebrity in Hong Kong. There are late nights and fistfights, Sunday league struggles, call centre hell, a campus love story and a whole lot more. Like a perfect conversation with your pals in the pub, you’ll feel fuzzy with nostalgia, wince in recognition and laugh out loud.